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First Nations sick of Sask. government’s ‘trinkets and beads’ approach to resource development: Opposition – CBC

Jul 19, 2023

Critical mineral claims to hundreds of square kilometres recently granted without First Nations consultation

Indigenous people will no longer tolerate the Saskatchewan government’s “trinkets and beads” approach to natural resource development, says the Opposition critic on the file.

“First Nations and Métis people are tired of trinkets and beads. They’re tired of getting crumbs. They want to be true partners,” said Betty Nippi-Albright, Saskatchewan NDP Opposition critic for First Nations and Métis Relations.

The comments come after a First Nations research group compiled a series of maps for CBC News revealing large swaths of the province have already been claimed and leased by companies hunting for critical minerals such as lithium and helium.

Much of these hundreds of square kilometres already claimed sit adjacent to First Nations reserves or on traditional territory.

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